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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irritability mean? 

  The noun IRRITABILITY has 3 senses:

1. an irritable petulant feeling
2. excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
3. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

  Familiarity information: IRRITABILITY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1irritability [BACK TO TOP]


An irritable petulant feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


choler; crossness; fretfulness; fussiness; irritability; peevishness; petulance

Hypernyms ("irritability" is a kind of...):

distemper; ill humor; ill humour (an angry and disagreeable mood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irritability"):

testiness; tetchiness; touchiness (feeling easily irritated)

pet (a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight))

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Excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


excitability; irritability

Hypernyms ("irritability" is a kind of...):

reactivity; responsiveness (responsive to stimulation)

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A disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


pettishness; snappishness; surliness; biliousness; peevishness; irritability; temper

Context example:

his temper was well known to all his employees

Hypernyms ("irritability" is a kind of...):

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irritability"):

querulousness (the quality of being given to complaining)

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